He's Ruby's devastatingly handsome brother and star of adventures such as "Devouring The Halloween Pumpkin," "Illegal Shopping Cart Activity," and "Dinosaur Bones Are Not A Snack," which is always good advice.
Ah, service puppies. Incorrigible! Until, of course, they become very, very, super-inspiringly corrigble.
Raven's puppy raiser, Barb, sent me some great news last week:
"Just wanted to let you know that Raven was partnered a few months ago with an Animal Assistance Therapist. He is going to school and helping kids with autism and Down syndrome learn about communication, personal space, and unconditional love. Because we all know Raven is all about the love."
Way to go Raven! A fantastic partnership for a love muffin of a dog who is going to touch the lives of kids with special needs in some extraordinary ways. Many congrats to raisers Barb and Tom.
It's here, friends—the 2011 DogTime Pet Blog Awards contest is now taking nominations! I'd be honored if you'd nominate Raising Ruby for any category you wish, but especially for "Best Blog Post." Last October, I was nearing the final days of raising Roo and I shared these thoughts:
Service dogs truly touch all of our lives, and service puppy Ruby taught me as many lessons as she learned herself. I came to know the ever-present smiles of strangers; kindness makes a world of difference for all of us, and particularly for those with disabilities. I'd be very grateful for your help in spreading this message.
Category: Best Blog Post (and you can nominate for more than one category)
Name: Raising Ruby
Nominee URL: http://servicepuppyruby.blogspot.com/2010/10/what-she-brings.html
Nominee Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
...and just a line or two about why you think we should win.
Just click here to enter: 2011 Petties Awards
Winners in each category are honored with a $500 donation to the shelter/rescue of their choice. It's a great contest with generous contributions, so feel free to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Thanks so much for your support!